Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In our school our EYFS class is our Reception class, children start in the September in the year in which they turn 5. The curriculum is based on 17 areas of learning which are broken down into milestones culminating in the Early Learning Goal (ELG). Children's learning is focussed on three characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, creative and critical thinking.
Teaching in EYFS centres on pupils interests, the 17 areas are planned for through a theme, such as 'growing', or centred around a book, activities are planned for inside and out so children can access the 17 areas of learning. Through skilled questioning teachers take pupils leanring forward guiding them to discover new skills. Most learning is child initiated a small proportion is teacher led, such as handwriting, letter formation, maths skills, reading and phonics.
The children have a daily phonics session (see section on phonics) which starts at phase 1/2 or 3 depending on the individuals starting points.
EYFS children learn to read using the books available in school which are banded in colours.
At Sherington School we use Cornorstones curriculum planning a published scheme that covers all aspects of the National wider curriculum, and the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. The topics are half term;y, are varied in theme and have a wider curriculum focus. The topics are lively and engaging and we enrich these with trips, visits and visitors. Please see below the overview of the topics.
Here are the topics we will be studying from our Cornerstones Curriculum through the Year.
Year 1 and 2 use Cornerstones Curriculum a published scheme of cross curricular topics that encompass the core subjects of English, Maths and Science plus the wider curriculum. All Key Stage strategies are covered over the 2 years. Key skills are taught discretely and tasks are differentiated for individual need across the two year groups. Please see below the topics covered.
Phonics is a system of sounds in words, there are 44 phonemes that children need to learn in order to decode words in the English language. These are taught from the 'Letters and Sounds' guidance using a varierty of resources, such as 'Phonics Play' an online phonics programme, and various resources in schools. We don't follow a scheme but use the 'Phonics Play' planning to ensure all phases are taught. We use a varierty of resources; phonics play online resources, magnetic letters, flash cards, word cards and resources we make ourselves. The children are grouped by phonics phase, there are 6 phases, anad year 1s undertake te phonics test in June.
Your child starts to learn to read as soon as they start school. Words are displayed all around and are highlighted throughout the day. Your child will learn key words initially, cvc word (consonant vowel consonant) i.e cat, dog, mum etc. They learn to decode with phonics and learn sight words. We focus on the first 100 key and tricky words to begin with and increase in line with individual needs.
Your child will bring a book home, these are colour banded, starting with lilac which are books without words so that your child can share the book with you and talk about the story, this is an important stage of reading, knowing the orientation of a book, that stories follow a system of begnning, middle and end, and to engage your child in talking about books. The books progress from key words, to short sentences all the way up to chapter books.
Please read with your child at home at least 3x a week, research shows that children who are reading and sharing books at home regulalry are more proficient readers at an earlier stage. We use Oxford Reading Tree as a scheme but supplement this with our own books atthe appropriate level.